How to plan for a mini road trip

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How to plan for a mini road trip!

Since we are moving back to New York and leaving the West Coast behind in September, I’ve been trying to get the most of my time left in LA. I’ve decided to dedicate my Sunday’s to taking mini road trips throughout California. I call them my “self care Sundays” or as Oprah calls them: Super Soul Sundays. I have also decided that everyone needs to take a mini road trip whenever they can.

This past Sunday I drove out to Palos Verdes with Norman as my co pilot. Even though it’s only an 1.5 to 2 hours from home depending on traffic, it was still a much needed escape. Driving down the coast is so beautiful here in California. This is also great practice for me since we will be driving across the country at the end of August. Baby steps people, baby steps.

Our car has around 80,000 miles on it as of now so I knew she was due for an oil change. I stopped at the Walmart Auto Center in Torrance and grabbed some snacks while I waited for my oil to be changed. Being a semi new driver I’m still not very savvy when it comes to cars. That’s why I’d much rather leave it to the experts and have my oil changed with Pennzoil® at Walmart’s Automotive Care Center. We always go with the Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil now that Eloise (our car) is over 75,000 miles. What’s even better than being able to shop while you’re getting your oil changed? Saving money! A Pennzoil High Mileage oil change is on Rollback right now! Save $4 on your next oil change here. There’s also a store finder so you can easily find the nearest location!

mini road trip essentials

mini road trip essentials

mini road trip with pennzoil

Now that Eloise was ready for the road we set off to Palos Verdes.

Now I’m no expert when it comes to road trips but I LOVE making lists. So obviously I made a list of everything I needed/wanted to bring along with us for a day on the road.

Below are the top ten things to bring with you on a mini road trip!

  1. Camera(s) – I tend to bring two cameras with me whenever I go somewhere. My polaroid and my DSLR.
  2. Water bottle – the last thing you want to be is stranded somewhere without water
  3. Snacks – because I’m ALWAYS hungry
  4. A map – and no not google maps or waze. Bring an old fashioned map.It’s way more fun that way
  5. Phone charge – as much as I’d like to someone who can be off the grid. I need my phone.
  6. A good book – part of my self care Sundays is to keep up with reading, and what better time to read then on the beach somewhere?
  7. A blanket – whether you find yourself on the beach or in a field, or in the forest. You can always use a blanket.
  8. A friend – in this case I had Norman our Boston Terrier. Who is also one of my bff’s.
  9.  Sneakers – There have been SO MANY times we have taken a trip somewhere and I’ve decided it was the perfect time to break in a new pair of shoes. News flash, it’s not. It’s the worst time to do that. Being on a trip whether long or short is THE WORST when you have blisters.
  10. Patience – this is probably the most important thing to bring with you on any trip. Patience. You will get lost, you will lose something or forget something, you’ll get frustrated, and things won’t always go as planned. But that’s kind of the beauty of it. Life doesn’t always go how you want it to. A road trip is an adventure. You’re discovering something new. Let it happen organically. Now get out there and hit the road!

mini road trip to palos verdes

mini road trip to palos verdes

mini road trip to palos verdes

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